A 50 year old suspect was arrested on Friday 14 May 2021 by the police in Thohoyandou for allegedly raping a 17 year old learner from the local school at Sibasa, in the Thohoyandou policing area where he is reportedly employed as an educator.
It is alleged that the suspect raped the victim who was in grade 12 on several occasions during 2018. In one of the incidents, he reportedly offered to assist her with extra lessons but instead took her to a lodge where he allegedly raped her. He thereafter threatened the child and then offered her money to keep her silent.
The victim eventually opened a case of rape last month, in April at the Thohoyandou police station. Members of the Family Violence Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) immediately took over the case and after a lengthy investigation, the suspect was then arrested.
The Provincial Commissioner of the Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Monica Hadebe has strongly condemned these acts of criminality perpetrated against children, especially by people who are expected to play a secondary parental role in the upbringing of a child, said Lieutenant General Hadebe.
The suspect will appear in Thohoyandou Magistrate’s Court on Monday 17 May 2021, facing three counts of rape. Police investigations are still continuing.